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City of Triberg (Germany)

Stadt Triberg, Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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City of Triberg

Triberg City Banner

Description of banner:
It is a white - red vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: Stefan Schwoon spotted this banner on 20 June 2004 at the local tourist information.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2013

Triberg Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is quarterly divided into silver (= white) and red displaying two overlooking aurochs' horns in counterchanged colours. The base is superimposed by a green triple mount.
Meaning:
The arms are based upon the arms of the Lords of Hornberg and their ancestors, the Lords of Ellerbach. Until 1325 the city was part of the Lordship of Hornberg. Since 1325 it was a possession of the Counts of Hohenberg and since 1355 of the Dukes of Austria. Horns and triple mount already appear on seals of the Lords of Triberg in the 13th century.The oldest known seal of the city is from 1501, but due to the design it may be of 14th century origin. Prints exist from 1438 und 1501. It displays the arms of Hornberg, including the canting triple-mount in the base of the shield (Triberg = triple-mount). In the 19th century the arms were changed, to distinguish the arms of Hornberg and Triberg. The arms of Triberg then were quarterly divided in the colours of Austria (red and white) with a horn in each quarter. The mountain was added, but coloured blue. The present arms, which are a combination of the oldest arms and the Austrian quartered shield, were approved in 1962, but in fact they have been used since the beginning of the century.
Some heraldrists consider the arms as canting. The horns are said to be alluding to the ancestral seat of the Lords of Hornberg/Triberg, the Hornburg Castle, while the triple mount is said to symbolize three local mountains, surrounding the city. This interpretation is however contentious.
Aurochs' horns in a crest had been a symbol of strength since the times of the Germanic tribes. The triple mount on the other hand might be just a metaphor of the holy number three as a symbol of the holy trinity. But according to source these conjectures are speculative.
Sources: Stadler 1971, p.102 and municipal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2013


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